News today that Newcastle are again interested in Swansea defender Ashley Williams.
Ashley Williams – Newcastle linked last year with this player
Our archives show that Newcastle started their interest in this player early last year, and there was some talk of the player in May and June of last year coming to Newcastle, so this is not the first time there has been a Magpies’ link with the player.
We watched him recently playing for Swansea and he looked a very capable defender indeed.
The Wolverhampton-born 26-year-old has played every game so far for Swansea this season, so that bodes well for both his consistency and for not getting too many injuries, and Swansea have 13 clean sheets already this season.
That’s something that Alan Pardew seems to want a lot more of at Newcastle, and the lads were so close to coming to their 3rd successive clean sheet on Sunday – oh well.
The central defender, who stands 6′ tall, started his career at Stockport County where he played 174 times with 2 goals and he has played 124 times with 6 goals so far for Swansea City, since moving there, initially on loan, in March of 2008. He has 24 caps for Wales.
Williams is a good player, and was Swansea’s Player Of The Season and was also named in the PFA Championship team of the Season for last season.
Ashley was named in central defense alongside Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini, who may have had his best game ever for the club on Sunday.
One good thing is that Williams can also play at right back, so he could fight for a first team place on two fronts, if he did arrive on Tyneside.
Because Newcastle have been linked with this player before, and that he’s hardly missed a game since moving to Swansea, we have to think he would be a good buy for Newcastle and the story may even be true.
But since Swansea have already turned down £2M bids for the player, Newcastle may have to increase that offer, but we like this lad, and think he could get better playing in the Premier League.
We don’t know if this story is true – but we hope it is.
Just imagine the two center backs at Newcastle could be Williams and Williamson – a commentator’s nightmare.
What do you think?